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Why James Maloney must be picked at five-eighth for Game 2

James Maloney - Origin five-eighth again? (AAP Image/Michael Chambers)
10th June, 2019
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Now that the dust has well and truly settled on New South Wales’ upset loss in State of Origin Game 1, it’s time for both coaches to turn full attention to their Game 2 line-ups.

Debutant five-eighth Cody Walker may have had his papers stamped already after he was hooked for Jack Wighton early in the second half – is last year’s winning five-eighth, James Maloney, the answer?

He looked mighty impressive in Penrith’s upset win over the Roosters on Sunday – but is his rough start to 2019 simply too poor to ignore?

How did they turn it around?

We got Roar NRL expert Joe Frost onto the Game of Codes podcast to debate whether Brad Fittler should be looking for change in the No.6 jersey ahead of Game 2 next Sunday.

Listen to the debate:

That won’t be the only selection quandary facing the Blues, with star forward David Klemmer set to miss Game 2 with a broken wrist.

That, and all other selection rumours ahead of State of Origin Game 2 go under the microscope on Game of Codes.

Visit our Game of Codes hub to catch the full episode and be sure to subscribe and review on iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or wherever else you’re listening.

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